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thank my colleagues for being here than it is my honor chanters senator john mccain who needs no introduction. >> the always appreciates it. >> i would like to very briefly say, i thank the senator for his lead on this issue. our colleagues from the house who are joining us. i think that the senator pointed out the devastating effects of sequestration. if implemented it will cut every aircraft and ship, truck program, research and development across the board. secretary of defense panetta, a man that i admire greatly called sequestrations a meat axe approach. it is important to note that according to one economic analysis across the loss of 350,000 full-time direct jobs in 650,000 indirect jobs. .. >> because of our time and national defense that took place previously. we have seen this movie before. we lived in a dangerous world, more dangerous than any that i can remember since the end of the cold war. this is the wrong time for sequestration to take place. we should be able to sit down together and resolve this without asking the american people to have their taxes increase
-- [inaudible] >> excuse me? you need to be a very big fire that committee wall, wouldn't you? >> john mccain. >> career on the same page now come the members of general staff on where the future of this lies. pakistan has to take ownership of all anti-terror operations, absolutely all of them to be sustainable and to be seen as legitimate in the eyes of our people. you know, there's been a lot of drones strikes next door, so in any case, you know al qaeda -- the whole al qaeda list is pretty much through our cooperation, a joint after a night spent in this administration will agree to also. >> you talk about the process in afghanistan being afghan led. president karzai had this fact developed in both pakistan and roadmaps of 2015. that roadmap subsidies pakistan for the united states in terms of brokering face-to-face talks between the afghan taliban and mr. karzai's government. it's been accepted by your government, so i'd like to know how much progress your government has made in terms of the reaching peace talks. mr. karzai's government as part of that effort would like your government to
john mccain, have made similar statements to what scott said. your republican governor, along with other governors around the country, have said they want congress to stop the sequester, to stop these cuts. but i just have to be honest with you, there are too many republicans in congress right now who refuse to compromise even an inch when it comes to closing tax loopholes and special interest tax breaks. and that's what's holding things up right now. keep in mind nobody's asking them to raise income tax rates. all we're asking is to consider closing tax loopholes and deductions that the speaker of the house, john boehner, said he was willing to do just a few months ago. he said there were a bunch of loopholes and deductions you could close. said you could raise 800 billion, a trillion dollars by closing loopholes. we're not even asking for that t much. all we're asking is that they close loopholes for the well off and the well connected, for hedge fund managers, for oil companies or corporate jet owners who are all doing very well and don't need these tax loopholes so we can
-- the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: i will just respond to my friend -- and he is my dear friend. i didn't note that sense of urgency for three months when john tower's nomination was held in limbo by the then majority of democrats. the secretary of defense post was vacant at that time as well. so this is not the first time in history that a secretary of defense's position has been vacant. the and, again, i hope that we can get this resolved, moved forward, and i think that the senator from michigan and my friend understands that we can get this issue resolved on the day that we return from the recess. certainly there is, i believe, sufficient votes to invoke cloture at that time. mr. levin: madam president, if the senator -- the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: if the senator from arizona would yield for a minute -- and he is my dear friend -- i don't believe that senator tower was filibustered. there was a delay in et going to that vote. but i don't believe there was a requirement that there be -- and i may be wrong on this -- but i don't bel
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